We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Fairfield Co., CT: The only problem with living in New England is their Democratic legislatures. As a native Texan with central CT (Manchester) family roots, the weather up here is wonderfully variable; the folks are either interesting like the Yankee Farmer, or well-educated like The Barrister or genius writers like Bird Dog; the land is the old land of our fore-fathers; and the earth is our rock-studded, plow-breaking, back-breaking Yankee soil, and here in southwestern CT, in Fairfield County, we have the big boys, the ambitious smart guys, who work in NY but pay the bills for the State. But with every such tax increase, we have more people spending 179 days of the year out of state, in Florida and a bit in NY pied a terres or hotels for work, not to mention business travel (and vacations in the Seychelles for bonefishing and Patagonia for trout and London for the kids or grand-kids, etc.), to protect their inheritances and to help their families. Thus leaving more burden on the poor citizens with dry-cleaning shops and tire stores who loyally stay and must fish hatchery trout at home I suppose, or God knows what they do for fishing (not bluefish hopefully), or do not have the spare cash for a Jupiter Island home. Which I Thankfully do. Or, who knows, maybe they are so hard up that they do Redneck Golf and do not fish at all, which is a pathetic soul-destroying waste of time, in my opinion. But anyway - Hey, Hartford - you ain't getting a penny of this from me. We count those days, carefully, and our estate planners are way smarter than you, which is why they have real jobs in the real world, and you do not, or barely. Did you ever hear of "laptops?" So sorry, Hartford. And if you think CT is bad, read about RI, on Anchor Rising, here.